Cape Town - Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba has
downplayed the rift caused by Kermit Erasmus’ refusal to honour a late call-up
as a replacement to the squad.
Before calling up Thamsanqa Gabuza to the squad as
replacement striker for Tokelo Rantie, coach Mashaba had earmarked Erasmus as
the best player to fill in.
Rantie has a wedding commitment at the weekend, though, that
clashes for Bafana duty.
However, Erasmus did not avail himself for selection and
went on to blast the coach for suggesting that he was a fringe player.
Erasmus took to Twitter to express his scorn.
In response, Mashaba said there were no problems between
himself and any South African player.
"You know, I'm a father. I hate this thing, I'm at
loggerheads with players. I got kids at home that I look after them and I give
them the same treatment," Mashaba told KickOff.
"What is it that can make me fight with players? Ours
is to play football. Play football and it is finished and we're all
Bafana take on Gambia in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations
qualifier at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday, June 13.
Kick-off is at 15:00.